Baked tomatoes are a quick and easy side dish or appetizer. If you can get large baking-sized tomatoes fresh from a garden, you can't go wrong on taste. They are delicious, filling, low in calories and a great way to add a full serving of vegetables to your meal!
Getting started (video tutorial below)
1. The basic baked tomato recipe is simply a matter of preheating an oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celsius) and preparing four tomatoes by washing them, cutting them in half and placing them on a baking dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Tip: blotting the tomatoes dry will help cut down on any mushiness.
2. Sprinkle the tomato halves with 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, a teaspoon of chopped oregano, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with 4 teaspoons of olive oil, then bake for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is lightly toasted.
Tip: Consider adding finely chopped fresh parsley or minced garlic to your tomatoes. Mixing breadcrumbs with the cheese will add a slight crunch to the end result; a dash of red pepper will provide extra zip. If Parmesan cheese isn't your thing, try rich Romano or melty mozzarella.
Watch video below for full step-by-step instructions.